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1997 Judy Mulford Born: Los Angeles, California 1938 gourd, waxed linen, silver and glass beads, fine silver, mother-of-pearl buttons, polymer clay, photographic transfers, paper and paint 18 x 5 in. (45.7 x 12.7 cm) diam. Smithsonian American Art Museum Gift of Mobilia Gallery 1998.145 Smithsonian American Art Museum
Luce Foundation Center, 4th Floor, 54B

Luce Center Quote

“[My baskets] started off as simple statements, but over the years [they] have become more decorative and complicated. They have become the scrapbooks of my life.” Judy Mulford, Shuttle, Spindle & Dye-pot, 2001

Luce Center Label

Judy Mulford first learned to make traditional pine needle baskets after her children left home. As her skills developed she began to incorporate photographs, words, beads, and buttons into her knotted and woven sculptures. Tribute is crafted from materials that relate to Mulford’s family and is embroidered with the words “Respect and Honor Yourself. Risk. Enjoy.”



Allegory - passion - joy

Allegory - quality - fortitude

Allegory - quality - pride

Object - written matter

decorative arts

Crafts - Fiber

fabric - thread

metal - silver



readymade - beads

readymade - photograph